Economics



News
October 15, 2010

Nearly a third of Americans probably can’t qualify for a mortgage and less than half can qualify for the best rates, even with a large down payment, according to a new report from real estate website Zillow.com.

News
October 14, 2010

Luxury home builder Toll Brothers made another play in the urban infill market with its purchase of a corner lot on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. Plans call for a 15-story building with approximately 25 luxury residences, with sales expected to commence in the summer of 2011.

News
October 15, 2010

A new survey of nearly 10,000 consumers across 43 states by John Burns Real Estate Consulting reveals several interesting findings on what buyers want in a home and community today. For instance, only 17 percent of respondents said price was most important; location and home style/design ranked highest.

News
October 11, 2010

Toll Brothers, Inc. has announced the purchase of a property located at 132 East 65th Street, at the southeast corner of Lexington Avenue, on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City. Plans call for a 15-story building with approximately 25 luxury residences, with sales expected to commence in the Summer of 2011.

News
October 14, 2010

Federal housing regulators must stop obstructing programs that make energy efficiency upgrades and renewable energy projects affordable for American homeowners, according to a lawsuit filed by the Natural Resources Defense Council.

Features
October 07, 2010

The sheer size and growth of the 55-plus cohort over the past 10 years is altering the builder market. There simply aren’t enough younger buyers to occupy the number of homes that Boomers want to sell.

Features
October 07, 2010

What we can learn from Australian construction practices; Using checklists to ensure quality management; Market update - what the bears see

Features
November 25, 2010

Implementing the principles of Lean in home building is no easy task, but the payoffs in waste reduction and cost savings can be substantial. Lean expert Scott Sedam provides a roadmap for getting started.

Features
October 07, 2010

Now in year five of the worst housing market downturn since the Great Depression, most builders by now have faced monumental challenges to keep their doors open. In an effort to explore the key takeaways and lessons learned from this downturn, we sat down with three builders to discuss the impacts of the economy on their businesses.

Features
October 19, 2010

Every step in the process of selling a house has its challenges, but perhaps none is more frustrating than having the appraisal on a house come in well below the sale price. Not satisfied with the appraised value of your new homes? Follow these practical steps for avoiding the dreaded low appraisal.

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